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Vekuii Rukoro

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Advocate Vekuii Reinhard Rukoro born 1954 is a Namibian lawyer, businessman, and the current Paramount Chief of the Herero people He also served in Namibia's Parliament and Cabinet, and as attorney-general


  • 1 Early life and education
  • 2 Career
  • 3 OvaHerero chieftainship
  • 4 References
    • 41 Notes
    • 42 Literature

Early life and education

Rukoro was born on 11 November 1954 in Otjiwarongo He attended primary school in Swakopmund and Karibib, and secondary school at Döbra In 1980 he started tertiary education and obtained an LLB Honours degree from the University of Warwick in 1983, and an LLM degree from the Washington College of Law in 1987[1]


Rukoro joined the South West Africa National Union SWANU in 1975 and became its secretary-general but left with a group of dissidents in 1978 to form the South West Africa National Union Progressives SWANU-P He returned to SWANU, again became secretary-general in 1984, and the party's president in 1989[2]

SWANU, like SWANU-P, merged into the Namibia National Front NNF prior to the 1989 elections that preceded Namibia's independence Rukoro became president of the NNF and took the only seat gained by the party He thus became a member of the Constituent Assembly of Namibia where he was one of the main drafters of Namibia's Constitution[1][3]

After Namibian independence in 1990 Rukoro was appointed Deputy Minister of Justice He served until 1995 when, by then a member of SWAPO, he occupied the position of attorney-general He entered a business career in 2000 as Managing Director for Sanlam Namibia, chairman of Air Namibia,[1] and CEO of First National Bank Namibia 2006–2013 and thereafter served as CEO of Meat Corporation of Namibia Meatco[4]

OvaHerero chieftainship

After the June 2014 death of Kuaima Riruako left the position of the Paramount Chieftaincy of the OvaHerero people vacant, Fanuel Tumbee Tjombe acted for a short time He died weeks after taking the position In September 2014, Rukoro was appointed Paramount Chief In his acceptance speech he reportedly "had to fight back tears"[5]



  1. ^ a b c Dierks, Klaus "Biographies of Namibian Personalities, R" klausdierkscom Retrieved 30 September 2014mw-parser-output citecitationmw-parser-output citation qmw-parser-output id-lock-free a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-free amw-parser-output id-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output id-lock-registration a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-registration amw-parser-output id-lock-subscription a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-subscription amw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registrationmw-parser-output cs1-subscription span,mw-parser-output cs1-registration spanmw-parser-output cs1-ws-icon amw-parser-output codecs1-codemw-parser-output cs1-hidden-errormw-parser-output cs1-visible-errormw-parser-output cs1-maintmw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registration,mw-parser-output cs1-formatmw-parser-output cs1-kern-left,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-leftmw-parser-output cs1-kern-right,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-rightmw-parser-output citation mw-selflink
  2. ^ Torreguitar 2009, p 397
  3. ^ Tonchi, Lindeke & Grotpeter 2012, p 397
  4. ^ Khobetsi, Lorato 8 February 2013 "Adv Rukoro to head Meatco" Namibia Economist Archived from the original on 6 October 2014 Retrieved 30 September 2014
  5. ^ "Rukoro elected OvaHerero chief" The Namibian NAMPA 23 September 2014


  • Tonchi, Victor L; Lindeke, William A; Grotpeter, John J 2012 Historical Dictionary of Namibia Historical Dictionaries of Africa, African historical dictionaries 2 ed Scarecrow Press ISBN 9780810879904CS1 maint: ref=harv link
  • Torreguitar, Elena 2009 National Liberation Movements in Office: Forging Democracy with African Adjectives in Namibia European University Studies; Political Science 567 Peter Lang ISBN 3631579950CS1 maint: ref=harv link
Preceded by
Kuaima Riruako
Paramount Chief of the Herero people
Succeeded by

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